My friend Al, who reads this blog but rarely leaves comments, was telling me yesterday before Lessons and Carols about an article in the Chicago Tribune saying that a lot of mega-churches like Chicago's own Willow Creek, will actually be closed on Christmas and will have no services. I found a copy of the AP article (which I assume is the same article Al was referring to) here.
On a usual year, this may not be such a weird thing. But this year, Christmas falls on a Sunday. Not having a church on Christmas Sunday just blows my mind. I hate to break it to these folks but Christmas means Christ-mass meaning having a mass commemorating Christ. Perhaps my logic is too fuzzy and abstract?I have to agree with the article. I can understand not having the usual 3 Sunday services or whatnot. But not having any services on Christmas day at all?I have a friend at the church I have been attending here in Chicago.
I remember last year at coffee hour, someone made some comment about being out of town on Easter Sunday. Joe, who is old school Anglo-catholic, about had a hissy fit because all Sundays are technically a little slice of Easter. I don't know if I quite agree with that wording, but, semantics aside, Sunday is always a time of worship, especially on a major feast day. This business of not wanting to impose the church on people's "family Christmas time" even when it falls on a Sunday, is just truly bizarre to me. I think you need to re-examine your priorities as a Christian, if you are not willing to get out and worship on the commemoration of the birth of The Incarnation.